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  • 'Topper Notes 02-28-13

    LA girls face Sundevils in 2-4A tournament semifinal

  • LA has tough test to open season

    Rarely does the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team have to go deep into the season to find out what kind of team it has.
    This year won’t be an exception to that pretty hard-and-fast rule.
    The Hilltopper baseball team opens its season Saturday with a doubleheader in the Four Corners area. The Hilltoppers’ opponent is none other than the defending Class 4A state champs, Piedra Vista.
    Los Alamos lost some key seniors off the 2012 squad and will have at least one of its returning starters, junior third baseman Jake Downs, out for at least a few weeks. Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said going into Saturday’s opener, he still isn’t exactly sure what players he’s going to put in what positions in the first game or even if those players will be in those same positions in the nightcap.
    And facing a Piedra Vista team that won the Class 4A title game last year with a crushing 15-1 defeat of Miyamura, the order seems daunting.
    Nevertheless, neither he nor his team would have it any other way.
    “It’s become a nice tradition,” Gill said, noting the teams play in Ricketts Park, home to the annual Connie Mack World Series. “You get to see right where you are right away, playing arguably the best team in 4A year-in and year-out.”

  • State swim meet final results

    Here are the results from the 2012-13 state swimming and diving meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.


    Team scores

    1. Eldorado, 324; 2. Albuquerque Academy, 260; 3. Las Cruces, 200; 4. Sandia, 197; 5. La Cueva, 189; 6. Los Alamos, 170.5; 7. St. Michael’s, 117; 8. Rio Rancho, 115; 9. Albuquerque, 110; 10. Clovis, 79.5; 11. St. Pius X, 77; 12. Cleveland, 72; 13. Cibola, 67; 14. Alamogordo, 65; 15. Volcano Vista, 63; 16. Bosque School, 36; 17. Del Norte, 28; (tie) Hope Christian, 28; 19. Desert Academy, 25; 20. Rio Grande, 24; 21. Carlsbad, 14; 22. Hobbs, 12; 23. Manzano, 5; 24. Valley, 2.

    200 medley relay

    1. Academy, 1:48.29; 2. Eldorado, 1:48.78; 3. Sandia, 1:51.37; 7. Los Alamos (Maria Venneri, Kaitlin Bennett, Isabelle Runde, Sydney Schoonover), 1:56.97.

    200 freestyle

    1. Nika Fellows, La Cueva, 1:49.73; 2. Gillian St. John, Academy, 1:50.02; 3. Sarah Lott, 1:55.80; 19. Kaitlin Bennett, 2:07.61; 21. Anna Wermer, 2:08.60; 22. Justine Yang, 2:09.34.

    200 individual medley

    1. Lauren Atkins, St. Pius, 2:04.13; 2. Cassaundra Pino, Albuquerque, 2:10.09; 3. Madison Gordley, Hope, 2:13.28; 11. Ashlynn Bennet, 2:18.65; 16. Isabelle Runde, 2:22.36.

    50 freestyle

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  • On The Docket: Local Courts 02-27-13

    Feb. 20

    Denise L. McCoy was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Los Alamos Municipal Court found Jeffrey M. Pietryga guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Thomas G. Henderson was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Mariadellourdes Hernandez was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Richard Skotnicki was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Gregory Fisher was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court for speeding in a school zone six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. He was fined $100 and ordered to pay $46 in court fees.

    Jessica K. Maassen was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for failing to obey a traffic signal. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Feb. 21

  • Police detain suspect

    Los Alamos police arrested a juvenile Wednesday morning at Sullivan Field after an eyewitness saw him allegedly pulling on car door handles and entering a vehicle that was not his. The juvenile then ran to the Teen Center across the street where he was apprehended by police. Police said the teen will be charged with burglary and referred to juvenile authorities.

  • LANS fund boosts businesses

    Six Native American businesses received grants through a new Native American Venture Acceleration Fund created by Los Alamos National Security, LLC and the Regional Development Corporation.
    The grants are designed to help the recipients create jobs, increase their revenue base and help diversify the area economy.
    Funding comes from LANS, which manages Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department. The Native American Venture Acceleration Fund is managed by the Regional Development Corporation.
    Grant recipients are:
     • San Ildefonso Development Corporation, $20,500, for upgrades to existing account software and training.
     • Three Eagles Development Corporation, Picuris Pueblo, $10,800, update computer and accounting systems, software and hardware.
     • Cochiti Pueblo Development Corporation, $20,000, restructuring of the corporation to include establishing an environmental services firm.
     • Avanyu Construction Services, LLC, San Ildefonso and Ohkay Owingeh pueblos, $25,000, new accounting software to fulfill federal contracting requirements and begin 8A (small disadvantaged business) certification process.
     • Sunbeam Indian Art, San Ildefonso Pueblo, $3,400, develop website capabilities to increase online sales.

  • Regional leaders speak out on sequestration

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities announced this morning the endorsement and unanimous support of State Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard’s House Memorial 71 that recognizes the critical importance of New Mexico’s National Laboratories and DOE facilities to the state’s economic welfare and the negative effects that sequestration will have on New Mexico’s economy.
     Los Alamos National Laboratory alone has close to a $3 billion impact on the state’s economy each year and supports more than 24,000 jobs in Northern New Mexico.
    “Sequestration would have a devastating effect on our local communities,” said Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, chair of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities. “We fully understand the tremendous impact that LANL has on the economy of Northern New Mexico and the continued instability in our federal budget has a ripple effect that is felt from Taos to Espanola to Santa Fe.”
    The Regional Coalition recognizes that Northern New Mexico is highly dependent on federal spending in the area of nuclear technology and sequestration may cause tens of thousands of New Mexicans to lose their jobs through direct and indirect job losses at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Teen charged with pointing gun

    A Los Alamos teen is receiving some unwanted attention after a video of him pointing a gun at another teen recently surfaced online.

    The video was obtained by KOB Eyewitness News 4, and it shows one teen pointing a gun at another teen wearing a red shirt and yelling orders at him.

    There are other teens in the room, and they too are yelling at the teen in the red shirt, who appears to be scared. KOB also reported that the teen in the red shirt is autistic.

    The alleged victim’s mother notified police Jan. 16 that she saw the video on the social media site Facebook and was very concerned.

    The video apparently took place in the bedroom of a home and it showed the teen with the gun telling the alleged victim to bend down and kiss his feet.

    “Watch him, get on your knees and kiss my shoes,” said the teen with the gun.

    The other teens then joined in.

    “Oh dude, you better kiss his shoe, dude,” one teen said.

    The alleged victim told police he did not notify police right away about what happened because he was “scared and embarrassed about what happened.”

    Police tracked down the offender at Los Alamos High School and charged the 15-year-old with aggravated assault and conspiracy.